What kind of ending is the end of the story "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"?I have assignment about this story & the teacher give me this element (end), but I don't know how to write about...

What kind of ending is the end of the story "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"?

I have assignment about this story & the teacher give me this element (end), but I don't know how to write about end, aslo she want me discussion my element.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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One description of the ending for The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky is "ironic." Situational irony is a literary technique that can be used for endings of stories to give an ending with a surprise twist. Irony is something that is different from what is expected. As an example, if a student nods off during an exam, awakens in time to go through the exam with lightning speed and receives a top mark, that is ironic--to the other students it is even painfully ironic.

Literary irony has three forms: verbal (spoken or written) irony, dramatic irony and situational irony. In literature the technique of situational irony presents a situation in which an expected outcome or circumstance of a situation is different from what would normally be expected. In The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, the expected outcome between a town marshal and a gunman is turned around and at the confrontation the gunman is overpowered--but not by guns or brute force--and slinks off, scuffing his feet in the sand. There are two ironies at work here.

First, Scruffy doesn't know how to face up to a man's marriage, it appears to be foreign country to him, as alien as the moon. Also he harbors some deeply buried code of ethics that precludes shooting a marshal in cold blood in front of a woman and precludes carrying on a gunning feud with a married man; it's as though he doesn't want to intentionally be a widow maker. Secondly, Jack is so preoccupied with worry about how his new bride will be received by Yellow Sky town folk that he and she both laugh with a "false note" as he helps her off the train and then they practically run away from sight. But, lo and behold, it is his wife's presence and existence that ends a gun feud and possibly saves Jack's life. This is an unexpected and happy portent of good reception for his bride in Yellow Sky. As a last note, the title even carries irony with it because "yellow" is a slang adjective reserved for cowards: a bride has made a coward of a gunslinger who can't face down her intrinsic power.

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